This class was tough.
It was in my immunology class that I realized how much I really enjoy the study of the human body. I want to become a physician who is constantly applying what I have learned to my patients and their illness while also learning more every day in order to make the best decision I can for their care.
My teacher taught us that while we have many established theories and models of how the immune system works, in reality, the immune system operates on a level that is beyond a model. It is somewhat predictable, but there is still much to learn about it. I love learning about what people have already discovered and I am intrigued by the mystery of what we have not discovered about the immune system and the human body in general. This course was taught using a problem based learning strategy. We were taught to learn already known information from our textbook. Then, we used that knowledge in order to solve problems and patient cases in class. This was not only very enjoyable, but I felt like this approach solidified the information. I can still remember the role of the spleen that we learned about in class to a certain degree. This class also excited me to learn more about working in the field of immunology because we were exposed to different projects and problems that are related to the field. A book I highly recommend is An Epidemic of Absence A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases.
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I would recommend that the reading be taken seriously so one can participate in the class discussions. This will allow the student to learn more. If one can talk about the subject martial in an informed and intelligent manner then one gets more out of the class.